Originally Posted by apachiedragon
I will say this, if I had ridden my hunter class the way that rider in the Hot Diggity Joe video was riding, my trainer would have yanked me off the horse and chased me back to the trailer with a crop.
I am not a fan of the breed show "hunter" classes. They still look like WP horses in English tack to me, just chased around at a faster pace. But again, that's personal, not knocking those that do it and enjoy it.
I am also mystified by the HUS classes. I don't get the purpose. The horse isn't ridden like a real hunter at all, and many of the riders really can't ride well in an English saddle. Why don't they just do Western pleasure, which is what the horse has been bred and trained for.?
OK, it's fun. It's fun to change your costume and your tack. But don't kid yourself that that is real English riding. I wonder how folks in England feel about HUS classes. Are they mystified, too?
I , too, feel uncomfortable on a horse whose head is hanging down below his withers. The rule says not below, but every horse in that video had the head below the withers.